David Moyes accepts that West Ham United's next two home games will go a long way to determining whether they will still be in the Premier League next season.
The Hammers host Burnley and Southampton later this month and Moyes knows that victories in those two games are crucial to their survival hopes after recent 4-1 losses at Liverpool and Swansea City left them only three points above the relegation zone.
West Ham were dreadful at the Liberty Stadium and they also suffered a major injury blow when Winston Reid had to be stretchered from the pitch after picking up what appeared to be a serious knee problem.
Moyes said: "The next two games could define the season. We've got games now that we know we can get something from. Before, I thought a point a game could get us to 40 points, as that was the old-fashioned figure, but we're now finding we need to do more than that.
"We're having to make sure we pick up points, but obviously the games are not easy against any of the teams, it doesn't matter who you are playing."
West Ham appeared to be heading for a mid-table finish when they lost only two out of 12 Premier League matches recently, but they are now in trouble again and can be backed at 12121/1 to be relegated this term.
Moyes added: "The big thing for the players is that we're not reaching the standards we were six weeks ago. We're not reaching the energy levels, or the quality or making ourselves hard to beat - all the things we wanted to instil since we came in."
West Ham are available at 5/4 to beat Burnley on Saturday and 8/1 to beat the Clarets from behind.
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